In the midst of Edinboro’s current quarterback race, one name was taken out of the mix heading into the 2015 season.
Former Scot Jon Girvin, Edinboro’s starting quarterback in 2013, following a season-ending injury to the now graduated Cody Harris, has returned to the program after leaving the school in 2014. But after adding 19 pounds since his first go around with the Scots, the six-foot-five-inch, 250-pound redshirt-sophomore from Pittsburgh will move to tight end heading into the year.
“That was kind of his choice,” head coach Scott Browning said at the 2015 PSAC West football media day at Slippery Rock last month. “He’s very athletic. He was a heck of a basketball player, so he’s got good hand-eye coordination. Now whether or not that translates to the football field, we’re all going to find out here in the next couple weeks, but Jon’s athletic and he wants to play.”
Girvin appeared in nine games that season, completing 119-of-280 for his passes (42.5 percent) for 1,448 yards while matching his touchdown and interception totals with seven. The Northgate High School product tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns (five) in his campaign while compiling 150 yards on the ground on 84 carries.
“He wants to find a spot to get on the field,” Browning said. “I think Jon felt that tight end would be a good place to start.”
Although for the moment he will not be in the running in Edinboro’s quarterback battle, Browning said a move to defense and specifically at defensive end is another possibility for Girvin and the Scots.
“We’ll give that an opportunity to grow,” Browning said about working at tight end. “There’s always a possibility we could move him over to defensive end, but right now we’re thinking to keep him at tight end.”
Mike Fenner is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be found on Twitter at Fenner_6.